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September 15, 2009

Interesting Item from Yesterday

According to a UN report, Insurgents Kill More Afghans Than Coalition Does:

I was in the park the other day, chatting with Abdul Rahab, a retired police officer. He told me that, “More than the Taliban, I am worried about US bombings over residential areas.”

Well I wish I’d read this report from the UN before talking to him…

According to the UN, the Taliban kill far more civilians than US airstrikes do. The report sites this bombing in Logar, which killed 25 people altogether, at least a dozen of whom were children.

Insurgents also purposely target schools. According to UNICEF, insurgents have launched “direct attacks by small arms and rockets, arson, and threats,” on schools in Afghanistan.

I’m not saying that US and coalition forces don’t make horrific, deadly, wasteful mistakes. I just think that the perception of those mistakes, when compared to what insurgents do, is out of whack on the Afghan street.

Gee. What could possibly be causing such a skewed perception?

Posted by Cassandra at September 15, 2009 08:33 AM

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Once again the bad guys play on our reverence for life by hiding among the populace. It amazes me that the left is absolutely ignorant of the possibilities that they are being played like a fiddle by islamic extremists who play to the bias of western media.

As if that wasn't bad enough, the left throws down the Geneva Convention gauntlet against the good guys (military) everytime we engage in the slightest form of assymetrical warfare against an enemy that doesn't wear a uniform.

Obama is weakening our military and our standing on the world stage. The consequences will be more civilians killed, more military deaths due to incomprehensible ROE, and the possibility of another attack on U.S. soil. Too many in America are complacent in their isolation and comfort to notice the gathering storm. It will probably take a horrendous experience of no Starbucks coffee and/or cheap toilet paper to get them to stand up for something besides their petty routines.

Posted by: vet66 at September 15, 2009 09:31 AM

The view from my hotel room in Kabul sucks.

Posted by: Intrepid Journalist at September 15, 2009 02:06 PM

Gee. What could possibly be causing such a skewed perception?

Ummm...yeah. The "mainstream" media? Major suckage. But I'm preaching to the choir, I know...

Posted by: camojack at September 16, 2009 01:22 AM

Gee. What could possibly be causing such a skewed perception?

Welcome back, Tet '69...

Posted by: BillT at September 16, 2009 03:08 AM

*waiting patiently for the bobber to dip*

Posted by: BillT at September 16, 2009 06:20 AM

It never left. At least, it's been with us all through this war. One of the things I remember asking back in 2004 was, if we lose hearts and minds by killing innocent people, why wouldn't al Qaeda in Iraq? Since they kill more of them -- and their terms for peace are harder to meet, to boot -- shouldn't we expect to win?

So it proved. I don't know if it will work out in Afghanistan, because we don't necessarily have the force levels to secure the population. Having easy-to-meet "terms for peace" isn't important, if you don't also have the power to create the peace.

Posted by: Grim at September 16, 2009 07:15 AM

I have trouble remembering sometimes that not everyone knows this. The locals we encountered in 2006 were always more concerned--and rightfully so-- about the talibs than about us.

Posted by: Sig at September 20, 2009 02:03 AM